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About The sustainability office
The Sustainability Office works to collaboratively develop, strengthen, and realize HKU’s institutional vision, commitments, and goals to integrate principles of sustainability into all aspects of the University’s facilities, operations, and activities.
Ditch Disposable interns
Students have taken a major role in the Ditch Disposable campaign through developing the actions, communications, and outreach of the entire campaign. Their passion and creativity have been instrumental in the success of the campaign.
The 2018-19 Sem 1 interns worked to promote Ditch Disposable to a wider audience. They reached out to staff through specifically targeted workshops that covered how to ditch disposable in their offices, events, and daily lives. They also spread the campaign to more students through setting up a Green Ambassador Program to promote Ditch Disposable and other green campus initiatives to students across campus. Finally, they worked to promote the resources on the Ditch Disposable website through various social media channels and a video explaining how to best take advantage of the website.
Janice is a third year undergrad majoring in Geography. She loves hiking and travelling where she has a chance to appreciate the diversity of landscapes, peoples and cultures in the world. "The Earth does not belong to us, we belong to the Earth." is a quote that inspires her. She is keen on making a difference and spreading sustainability in the HKU community.
Sharon is a first year Master student of Urban Planning. She is intrigued by the beauty of natural environment since a very young age which has led her to study Environmental Science in bachelor degree. She also believes that engaging the community to make small changes in their lifestyle is crucial to thrive a sustainable city - a goal that is very close to her heart.
Bayansulu is a full-time student from Kazakhstan. She is studying Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management. Bayansulu has started her sustainability journey back in the last year of high school when she saw how much paper is being thrown by the administration office of her school every day. When she realized that it is not only her school but all public schools in the city of Almaty that don’t have a recycling system, she felt the urge to intervene. She went to supermarkets, asked for carton boxes and put them in classrooms of her school. 3 months after, she was able to collect 160 kg of paper for recycling. Since then, sustainability was something she always kept in mind, but she wasn’t taking action. This year, she decided to change that and join the Sustainability Office to start living her principles and see how the Office is working to change the world for our campus. She is now working on the Green Ambassador Network, a platform for sustainability-minded students of HKU.
The summer 2018 interns revamped the Ditch Disposable website to make it a more useful resource for those looking to reduce disposables on campus. In addition to a new layout and more details on the problems and solutions regarding plastic waste, the new website includes a new promotional video for the campaign. They also developed and implemented a communications campaign to prepare for the implementation of the Policy on disposable plastic straws. Finally, they worked to raise awareness of plastic pollution via the Ditch Disposable Facebook and Instagram.
Teresa is in her second year of undergraduate studies, with Majors in Environmental Science and Geography. Our Mother Earth is currently facing various environmental problems, and that’s the reason why Teresa hopes to alleviate the situation by promoting a sustainable lifestyle. “Be the change you want to see in the world” is the quote which inspires her a lot and she wishes to convey the message to the HKU community through her internship.
Bingo is a coming year three undergraduate with majors in Economics and Finance. She loves wildlife, and that draws her to global environmental issues. She believes that everyone is part of the environment and can promote sustainability in their own fields. Influenced by the HKU Ditch Disposable Campaign and HKU New College, Bingo starts to use more reusable items ever since she entered the university. She is proud to help with HKU Ditch Disposable Campaign and hopes to deliver the idea to more people on- and off-campus.
Kimberlee is a final year dental student. While she loves studying Dentistry, she also has a strong passion for environmental sustainability. She very much hopes to combine her two interests and make Dentists more environmentally conscious in their practice. Moreover, she truly wants to raise awareness and inspire people to reduce their plastic consumption; whether by simply saying NO to straws, bringing our own bottle or plastic bag. She is a firm believer that small steps can make a huge difference. Kimberlee is very honoured to have had the opportunity to contribute to the Ditch Disposable Campaign. She is very proud of what the campaign has achieved and is excited for all the changes to come.
The Sustainability Office Intern during the 2017-18 school year was responsible for raising awareness and building excitement about the Ditch Disposable campaign. She managed the social media channels and helped to plan and deliver campaign events. Her work culminated in the Ditch Disposable Market, a 2-day disposable free event that included zero waste retailers, vegan snacks, and free drinks for those that brought their own reusable cups.
Stephanie (or Steph!) is a final-year undergrad with a double major in psychology and counselling. While she has a strong passion for research and clinical work, she is also dedicated to living more sustainably and promote sustainability in the community. By using more reusable items and turning to a vegan diet herself, she hopes she can influence more people around her to reduce unnecessary waste by taking simple actions. "Every little bit helps", as she always says. "Even just one less plastic cup, one less takeaway box... one more meatless meal. As long as we join hands and commit to making such small changes, we can make huge differences."#wecan
Interns during the 2016-2017 school year played a pivotal role in launching the campaign. They developed the Ditch Disposable website and social media channels and worked to plan a communications campaign for the launch. They developed videos and graphics to raise awareness and showcase how to easily ditch disposable plastic water bottles. They also worked to plan the campaign’s launch ceremony and served as moderators, videographers, and photographers on the day.
Andrew is in this third-year undergraduate getting a BSc(III) in Environmental Science. He has a passion for spreading sustainability throughout the HKU Campus and hopes that students can change their daily practises to ditch disposables. He likes dancing, making videos and taking photos and thinks Y’all should start using reusable bottles.
Diogo Ann Onuselogu
Diogo Ann is in her first year of undergraduate studies majoring in biomedical sciences. Growing up in Hong Kong, she has been long exposed to Hong Kong's waste management and pollution issues and is now passionate about the three R's, always finding opportunities to reduce, reuse, and recycle. She believes that raising awareness and educating the masses is the way to a greener Hong Kong and that we should all do our individual parts. For that reason, she signed up for the Sustainability Office Internship wanting to support the sustainability cause in a place familiar to her and where she felt she could help others make a difference as well: HKU. She is currently trying to ditch "disposable" and choose "reusable" on a regular basis and encourages friends and family to do the same.
Hagen is a final year undergraduate student majoring in food and nutritional science. He believes that modern society has separated us from nature and that leads us to an unsustainable life. This is the reason why he became a vegetarian in 2017 as he finds cows and chickens kinda cute and decided not to eat them. He also strongly recommends you to join the sustainability office team as it is very fun to work there.